Japan’s Isuzu, Euglena to Begin Biodiesel Development With Algae

Jun 25, 2014 3:43 am ET

June 25 (Bloomberg) -- Isuzu Motors Ltd. and Euglena Co. will work together to develop a new kind of biodiesel using algae, with a goal of establishing the technology by 2018.

The companies want to develop a type of fuel that can be used on its own unlike existing kinds that need to be mixed with light oil, they said in a statement today.

“As long as we use light oil for diesel engines, emissions of carbon dioxide are inevitable,” Susumu Hosoi, president of Japanese truck maker Isuzu, said at a news conference. “It is important to diversify types of fuel” for resource-poor Japan, he said.

Euglena, a Japanese biotech venture, has been developing jet fuel from algae with airline operator ANA Holdings Inc., President Mitsuru Izumo said at the event.

Biodiesel is suitable as a fuel for long distances, he said.